APFF Karachi Edition 2018

APFF Karachi Edition 2018

About the APFF

Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) is a multi-country consortium of more than a dozen film entities from Asian countries including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Turkey Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China and Singapore. APFF is registered with Federal Board of Revenue as a sole-proprietor in Pakistan with its secretariat located at 204, 2nd Floor, Plot no 17, E-11/3, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Initially, to commemorate the World Peace Day, the Federal Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage supported the first sequel of 3-day Asia Peace Film Festival (APFF) in Islamabad on 18-20 September 2017. As a second sequel, the APFF-Consortium decided to produce its Karachi Edition under the theme of “Karachi Sub Ka” rebranding the biggest city of Pakistan as the “Capital of Creativity”

About the APFF Karachi Edition

Karachi has evolved as the only cosmopolitan city in Pakistan, representative of a truly multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-lingual landscape making it a cultural kaleidoscope of Pakistan. Karachi is also an inimitable point of creative convergence and a true melting-pot of diverse cultures of the country. With the launch of CPEC, Karachi is now emerging as a hub of regional trade, tourism and cultural exchange thereby promising new vistas for the realization of hopes and aspirations of a vibrant Pakistani youth.

Responding to the inventive instincts of the creative community of Pakistan, Karachi is now beginning to acquire the status of media hub with the shifting of major segments of film industry from Lahore to Karachi.

Seizing these emerging avenues, for the first time ever, the star-studded Karachi Edition of Asia Peace Film Festival would be presenting a diverse, authentic and innovative cultural phantasmagoria resonating the curiosity, imagination and aesthetics of Karachiwallas. To celebrate the plural and inclusive identity of Karachi, the APFF would be bringing together a large number of legendary filmmakers, artists, animators, performers, media wizards, parliamentarians, academics, peace activists and dynamic students of cinematography from all over the country and across Asia.

Thematic Focus

Celebrating diversity and harnessing harmony by promoting cinematography as a mass medium of peace education in Asian region.

Core Objectives of APFF-Karachi Edition Include
Engaging international, national and local filmmakers and creative community to mainstream peace-building through film;
Provide a platform of learning, experience-sharing and interaction between peace-building communities, young filmmakers and media industry/investors for cultural and ideational exchange;
Show case films and art work from different countries of Asia on peace, diversity, inclusiveness, co-existence and reconciliation; and eventually and finally;
Re-branding Karachi as a “Capital of Creativity, Knowledge and Diversity” by hosting a cultural kaleidoscope of Asia.
Key Streams
Central Screening – main screening of 109 films selected from 900 submissions from more than 70 countries of Asia
Parallel Screening – special country packages of films from select Asia countries
Art for Peace – exhibition of artwork from Asian countries and live painting/murals and drawings (4 days)
Asia Film Conference – thematic discussions, conversations, lectures, interactions on Asian best practices related to policy, systems and functioning of film and creative industry in the region (4 days)
Film Production Master Class – interactive training sessions run by international faculty on cinematography for young filmmakers (4 days)
Campus Cinema – student film screening based on the themes of peace, culture, heritage celebrating ‘Karachi Sub Ka’ (4 days)
Asian Cultural Kaleidoscope – multi-ethnic folk performances celebrating cultural diversity of Asia (4 days)
Kidography– a bouquet of animations on peace education from all over Asia (4 days)
Media/Film City – media and production houses to exhibit their work with focus on peace - building (4 days)
Community@Peace – interactive space for civil society organizations working on peace-building (4 days)
Rules & Terms

Call for Submissions

Asia Peace Film Festival – Karachi Edition invites submissions from Pakistani filmmakers focusing on following categories.


Genre and Duration
Short film : Not less than 03 minutes and More than 30 minutes
Documentary : Not less than 03 minutes and More than 30 minutes
Animation : Not more than 30 minutes
Eligibility Criterion
Asia Peace Film Festival – Karachi Edition invites submissions from Pakistani student, independent filmmakers and production houses.
 Peace / Culture / Heritage / Diversity/ Inclusiveness / Co-existence / Peace Building
For Independent Film and Documentary Makers
  • Only films and documentaries produced on above themes would qualify for screening.
  • One entry per Director and/or production Company only.
  • Content produced can be in any local/regional languages with English sub-titles.
  • Media Production Houses can also send their entries.
  • Content produced on low-end technology would be subjected to jury approval for screening.
  • Content produced more than 2 years ago would not qualify for screening.
  • Complete professional profile of the Director, writer, Producer and production team, Story synopsis, production duration and purpose of production must be submitted along with the each entry.
For University Students
  • Students from universities and media schools are encouraged to submit their thesis films/documentaries.
  • Students who have completed their degree’s programs can send-in their final thesis.
  • Content Produced on low-end equipment is subject to jury’s approval prior to screening

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